The state of Hawaii will start allowing qualifying patients on Thursday to renew their medical marijuana cards for up to two years.

The announcement was made by state officials on Monday. According to the state’s Department of Health, current medical cannabis cardholders can submit their two-year renewal applications if they have a qualifying chronic, debilitating medical condition that is verified by medical professionals.

In order to be eligible for the two-year certification renewal, a patient must renew with a physician or an advanced practice registered nurse who has previously certified them. The agency also said that a certifying physician or APRN must also verify that the patientʻs condition is chronic in nature.

Also, the physician or APRN must agree that a two-year renewal is in the patientʻs best interest.

“The registration fees are non-refundable regardless of the renewal outcome,” stated Tami Whitney, a Medical Cannabis Registry Program representative.

“All patients that choose to see a new certifying medical provider will be eligible for a one-year registration and the following year may be eligible for a two-year renewal.”

Registered patients are able to submit their renewal application online as early as 60 days before their registration cards expire.

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